Religion in Taiwan is composed of many different beliefs. Religious people respect each other traditions and practices. Freedom of religion is even part of the Taiwan constitution. Around one third (34%) of Taiwanese are Buddhists, another third (33%) are Taoists, 4% are Christians, 4% are from the religion called Yiguandao, 18% identify themselves as non-religious and the rest adhere to other religions but in smaller numbers.
However, a new God started to rise in Taiwan lately. It does not matter if people are Buddhists, Taoists, Christians, Muslims or Jewish; everybody talk about him. He is on TV channels and newspapers everyday. 2 books about him are at the top of the best sellers in every bookstore around Taiwan. People burn ‘yellow money’ in temples for him. Women gather around him, yell and cry. People give him offerings directly. People pray him for their happiness. You know whom we are talking about? Of course, this is the Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲).
Indeed, since Ko Wen-je has been elected mayor of Taipei, all religions in Taiwan have a new God. He is everywhere and he will solve everything… Peanuts Daily met Ko and asked him about his new status:
I know people believe in me and I will do everything to succeed. I am preparing a book, which I hope will become the new Taiwanese bible. Temples around Taiwan want to build statues representing me. I am very glad by it and cannot wait to see myself in temples. I have to say, I am a bit surprised it has not been done before.
We also met Ms. Joy Ling, a new adept of this God:
I shook his hand yesterday. I saw a bright light just after. He is The One: he is our Savior. Last night I even wetted my pants just thinking about this hand-shake.
The administration already proved us that Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je is educated but this time that goes much further. The team of Peanuts Daily will again pray Ko tonight the same way as every media in Taiwan.
Author: Mr. Chung, Jacky.